Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

G R A D U A T E  S C H O O L  of    A R T S  &  S C I E N C E S

Master of Arts in Theology

JesuitStudentInClassFordham's Master's degree in Theology gives students a thorough grounding in the Christian theological tradition from the biblical sources to the contemporary period. It also develops skills of critical analysis and integration that provide the foundation for teaching or further theological study. The members of the Department of Theology are united in a commitment to the breadth of the historical Christian tradition of theology as the context for study of contemporary theologies. The rich dialogue between biblical scholars, historical theologians, and systematic theologians is at the heart of all the department's programs.

The program prepares students for teaching religion in high schools and for service to the Church as educators in Theology.

Requirements:  The department admits both full- and part-time students into the M.A. program. The Master's Degree requires 30 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor's degree. A B-average (3.0) must be maintained in courses taken for the M.A. degree. Students must demonstrate a proficiency in reading either French or German and successfully complete comprehensive examinations after the completion of course requirements to receive the degree.

Six courses are required:
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
History of Christianity I
History of Christianity II
Fundamental Theology
Fundamental Moral Theology

The additional four courses are ordinarily devoted to intensive work in one of the three areas of the department: Bible, Historical Theology, and Systematic Theology.

Partial tuition scholarships are available to high school teachers who matriculate in this program.

Admission:  Students with a bachelor’s degree and an undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 are eligible to apply; those without adequate previous coursework in Theology may be admitted but required to take additional credits for the degree. Admission is based on evaluation of college transcripts, letters of recommendation, the statement of intent, writing sample, and the results of the Graduate Record Examination.

For more information about the application process, click the 'Apply Online' button at the top of the page.  For more information about this M.A. program, contact:

Fr. Thomas Shelley
Associate Chair for Graduate Programs,
Department of Theology
Phone:  (718) 817-3244

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